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Focus your search

To the right of the MultiSearch search bar there is a drop-down menu. Click on the arrow next to 'Books, Articles & more' to reveal the menu.

Select 'Books, Articles & More' to search across all resources or select 'Online articles, eJournals, eBooks & more' to search online resources only.

focus your search to online resources only or all resources

Search, Refine and Access

1. Enter your search terms into MultiSearch 

  • Search terms can include keywords, a title, and/or an author's name. 

2. Refine your results

  • Use the filters in the left-hand column to refine your results. For example, you can narrow your search results by content type, i.e., select Books or Articles under Resource Type and click Apply Filters.  You can also filter your results by date range.
  • Any filters you apply will appear at the top of the column. You can click the X to remove these. 



3. Access or place a request for the item

  • In most cases you will find that the record says Full-text available, Online access or Download PDF and you will be able to access the item straight away.
  • If the record says: 
    • Available at Macquarie University Library Level 1 / Level 2, and when you open the record it says Item in place, then you can retrieve the item from the shelf 
    • Check availability, it means that the item is out on loan, and you will need to place a request
    • Available at Macquarie University Library Automated Retrieval Collection, you will need to place a request for the item.


Available under the search bar are 3 pre-filtering options. It is important to note that if you use these options they are persistent and will affect any subsequent searches (including use of filters) until changed or New Search is selected from the navigation bar.

  • Option 1 sets what type of resource you wish to find:
    • All items
    • Books
    • Journals
    • Articles
    • Images
    • Audio Visual
    • Databases
    • Web Sites
    • Scores
  • Option 2 sets how your terms are used:
    • that contain my query words
    • with my exact phrase
    • begins with
  • Option 3 sets where to look in the resource's record:
    • anywhere in the record
    • in the title
    • as author/creator
    • in subject
    • in user tags